In less than a month, 2020 will be “turning over”. Looking back on the year shrouded in the epidemic, which keywords came to mind? Recently, a number of foreign institutions have selected the annual vocabulary to summarize 2020. At the same time, these words all focus on the epidemic, pointing out all kinds of pain points of the magic year.
The coronavirus epidemic is undoubtedly the common enemy facing the world this year, and it is also the most impressive word for the world. Therefore, many of the annual vocabulary selected by many institutions are related to the COVID-19 epidemic.
United States: Pandemic
Merriam-Webster and American Dictionary Network coincidentally named “pandemic” a word of the year.
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary said that according to statistics, the word “pandemic” has been inquired more frequently this year than in previous years. On March 11 this year, the WHO declared that the coronavirus epidemic constitutes a “pandemic”. On that day, the number of inquiries about the term soared by 115,806% compared with 2019, and the popularity of the word was close to the top of the hot search term throughout the year.
Explaining the decision, Dictionary.com said that the coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 1 million people (now more than 1.5 million people) worldwide this year and has not receded. The pandemic has caused social and economic shocks at historical levels, which is not a psychological impact on everyone. Other events in 2020, including anti-racial demonstrations and the United States election, have all shown a particularly fierce situation under the impact of the epidemic.
Germany: 8 of 10 words are related
The judges of the German Language Association recently selected the top ten words of the year in 2020, eight of which are related to the coronavirus epidemic, which shows the popularity of this topic throughout the year.
Peter Schlobinsky, president of the German Language Association, said that there are few hot words around a theme throughout the year in Germany, which last occurred back to the financial crisis in late 2008.
Schlobinsky said that this year German language also spawned a number of new words with “corona”, such as Corona-Demo, Coronazahlen, coronavirus quarantine (Corontäne), anti-coronavirus restrictions. Shi’s fool (Covidioten) and so on.
Japan: What are the three secrets of “3mi”?
Japan’s “New Words and Popular Words Award” was announced on December 1, and the slogan “3 Secret (closed, dense, close contact)” won the best award for coronavirus prevention.
The first to use the word was Yuriko Koike, governor of Tokyo. In order to facilitate people to better understand the essentials of epidemic prevention and control and facilitate operation in life, Yuriko Koike summarized the opinions of epidemic experts as “three secrets” to strictly prevent. Nowadays, strict prevention of “three secrets” has become a new way of life for Japanese people to prevent and control the epidemic.
Other words related to the coronavirus epidemic have also been selected as the catchphrase of the year. For example, the “GO TO promotion” policy implemented by the Japanese government to promote sightseeing tourism and dining out, the “online 00” that various offline activities affected by the epidemic have been transferred to online, and “AMABIE”, a little monster that can cure all kinds of diseases on social networking sites, have been selected as the top ten catchphrases of the year.
In addition, there are also some entertainment titles, such as the abbreviation “Dung Mori” of the simulation business game released by Nintendo, the Korean TV series “Forced Landing of Love” and the popular comic “Ghost Blade” have also been selected.
Japan’s “New Words and Catchphrases Award” is sponsored by the Japan Free National Society. Every year, the new words and catchphrases of the year are announced on December 1st.